St. Petersburg College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award selected bachelor's degrees in science and bachelor's degrees in applied science; associate degrees in arts, associate degrees in science, and associate degrees in applied science; as well as certificates and applied technology diplomas. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of St. Petersburg College.

SPC’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Academic Services (IR) provides information and analytical support to collegewide internal decision-making, external accountability, strategic planning, and ongoing continuous institutional improvement. Through collaborative leadership, the office supports a broad range of planning, research and assessment activities, including those that support student learning outcomes assessment, department/program review, as well as institutional and programmatic accreditation.

Why accreditation matters

SACS-COC accreditation means an institution is dedicated to providing quality higher education and ongoing improvement through planning, assessment, and quality enhancement.

  • Credits from accredited institutions are transferable to and from other accredited institutions,  ensuring students receive a credible, top-quality education.
  • Only accredited institutions are permitted to award federal financial aid to students.
  • By law, an A.A. degree from SPC grants you admission as a junior to one of the state's public universities.

In addition, the following programs are accredited or approved by state or national organizations. The last accreditation year indicates the most recent accreditation or approval decision following the completion of a self-study.

Bachelor's degree programs

Programs Last Accreditation Next Accreditation Accrediting Agency/Final Approval
Education+ 2010 2021 Florida Department of Education - Bureau of Educator Recruitment, Development, and Retention1

Final Approval
Nursing 2011 2021 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education1

Final Approval
Orthotics and Prosthetics 2013 N/A** CAAHEP - National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education
Paralegal * 2018 2025 American Bar Association1

Final Approval
Veterinary Technology 2017 2024 American Veterinary Medical Association - Committee on Veterinary Education and Activities1, 2

Final Approval

+  The Florida Dept. of Education grants approval to individual programs within the College of Education, which currently consists of seven active B.S. programs.

*The American Bar Association evaluates the A.S. degree, B.A.S. degree, and the post-baccalaureate certificate during a single visit. This agency "approves" programs but does not "accredit."

**Effective Spring 2017, the Orthotics and Prosthetics program is inactive and will no longer seek accreditation.

Associate in Science programs

Programs Last Accreditation Next Accreditation Accrediting Agency/Final Approval
Dental Hygiene 2019 2026 American Dental Association - Commission on Dental Accreditation1

Final Approval
Emergency Medical Services 2015 2020 CAAHEP - Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions 2

Final Approval
Funeral Services + 2015 2022 American Board of Funeral Service Education1, 2

Final Approval
Health Information Technology 2004 2020 Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education2, 3
Nursing 2020 2027 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing1, 2

Final Approval
Orthotics and Prosthetics 2015 2020 CAAHEP - National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education

Final Approval
Paralegal 2018 2025 American Bar Association1

Final Approval
Physical Therapist Assistant 2017 2027 American Physical Therapy Association -  Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education1, 2

Final Approval
Radiography 2018 2026 Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology1, 2

Final Approval
Respiratory Care 2017 2027 Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care2, 3

Final Approval
Veterinary Technology 2017 2024 American Veterinary Medical Association - Committee on Veterinary Education and Activities1, 2

Final Approval

+  The Funeral Services program at St. Petersburg college is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodburry Heights, NJ 08097 (816) 233-3747. Web:  www.abfse.org

*Ongoing accreditation with yearly completion of Annual Program Assessment Report

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at St. Petersburg College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.  

 

Lower-Division Certificate programs

Certificates Last Accreditation Next Accreditation Accrediting Agency/Final Approval
Emergency Medical Technician 2015 2020 Florida Department of Health - Bureau of Emergency Medical Services1

Final Approval
Paramedic 2015

2015
2020

2020
CAAHEP - Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions 2

Florida Department of Health - Bureau of Emergency Medical Services1

Final Approval
Veterinary Technology 2017 2024 American Veterinary Medical Association - Committee on Veterinary Education and Activities1, 2

Final Approval

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate programs

Certificates Last Accreditation Next Accreditation Accrediting Agency/Final Approval
Paralegal 2018 2025 American Bar Association1

Final Approval
Veterinary Technology 2017 2024 American Veterinary Medical Association - Committee on Veterinary Education and Activities1, 2

Final Approval
Education 2010 2021 Florida Department of Education - Bureau of Educator Recruitment, Development, and Retention1

Final Approval

1Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education  (USDE)
2Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
3Recognized by the Association for Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA)